I wish I had all the time in the world to explore and create all kinds of neat and quick ways to do amazing things in the world of digital art, but the simple fact is, I don’t. My time is very limited but I still want really big and impressive results when I do my work. I want my illustrations and presentation of them to be it’s very best. Knowing where to find tools that help me save time and provide quality results for myself and my clients is a priceless investment to me.
Having said that, you’ll need to decide for yourself when buying a nice plug-in is a worthwhile investment for you based off of your own freelance objectives. To me, if I use a great plug-in to help me display my designs better, I believe I am more likely to get more jobs and make a better overall income for them. So, if I can afford a plug-in that gives me the best presentation possible, I usually get it.
As I see it, it is much easier to sell a product or service if a customer or potential client can visualize the finished results, or perhaps a project that is similar to what they are wanting, whether it be a T-shirt design, mug, website banner, the list could go on and on. So I use mock-ups to help me display my digital art more professionally.
For example if you create a design that is good for a CD cover, it would be wise to either take a professional picture of the finished CD cover in its case or to use a professional mock-up illustration showing the cover design on a CD mockup (fake photo in a CD cover). There are some amazing tools that enable you to put your flat design into their plug-in and it will generate a 3D CD case for you in only a few moments making the image look like it would if it were on display at the retail shops.
Below are a few of my favorite mock-ups and plug-ins. Some are very easy to use while others are more complex. You can find many more like it at GraphicRiver.net and CreativeMarket.com. They are my favorite places to look for great mock-ups and fun Plugins. They help make my digital art look all the more impressive and I’m sure they’ll help with your projects as well!
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